Amazon’s Alexa to soon support custom lists

You will finally be able to create custom lists using Alexa, according to TechCrunch. Amazon is said to start rolling out the feature starting today, so it may not be available on your Alexa devices just yet. When it does arrive, you’ll be able to create new lists with custom names. Read more ›

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Sonos is offering its customers $25 off the purchase of an Amazon Echo Dot

Sonos is offering their customers a $25 discount on an Amazon Echo Dot, occording to The Verge. If you’re a Sonos customer, you should receive an email about the promotion sometime this week. The email will contain a unique code that can be used to purchase an Echo Dot for $24.99 and can only be used once to buy one Echo Dot. Read more ›

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Element’s 50″ and 55″ Fire TV Edition televisions have just gone on sale

The middle two sizes of Element’s Fire TV Edition television have just gone on sale. The 50-inch size is $494.99, which is 10% off of its regular price. This is the second lowest price that size has been, with the lowest being when it was briefly available for $449.99. The 55-inch size is $566.99, which is 13% off of its regular price. The lowest price the 55-inch size has been was during Prime Day when it was $399.99, but that was a very limited doorbuster sale. The more common lowest price is $529.99.

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Amazon and Garmin teamed up to make a tiny Echo Dot for your car with Alexa navigation

Garmin has worked with Amazon to release the first Alexa device made for your car. The Garmin Speak is a small round device that attaches to your car windshield to provide you hands-free access to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on the go. While it looks just like a tiny Echo Dot, thanks to its LED light ring, it also has an OLED screen on the front that works with Alexa and Garmin’s software to provide both spoken and visual turn-by-turn navigation directions. Read more ›

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App Deal: Sigi – A Fart for Melusina down from $3.49 to $0.99

The game Sigi – A Fart for Melusina has just dropped down from $3.49 to $0.99. This is the new lowest price this game has ever been. It’s a side-scrolling platformer with a humorous side that has you using flatulence as a weapon. It’s compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models, but it does require a game controller to play.

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Amazon’s new 2nd-gen Echo has interchangable outer shells

Amazon thankfully decided to make their all-new 2nd-generation Echo in more colors than just black and white. It turns out that the outer shell of the Echo 2 is actually interchangeable and you can purchases additional shells separately if you’d like. The fabric shells are $19.99 each while additional wood or silver shells are $29.99. The silver shell is described as “polycarbonate with a silver paint finish,” so if you were hoping it was actually metal, I’m sorry to say it’s just painted plastic. The oak and walnut shells are described as “wood veneer with an oak/walnut-colored finish,” so it sounds like those, at least, are made of actual wood. The shells are available to pre-order today and will be released the same day as the Echo 2. Thanks @Erinescence for tip!

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Dear subscribers, I’m sorry for the flood of emails

If you’re subscribed to receive an email notification every time I write a new post, you probably just received about a thousand emails from me. I’m so sorry. A few weeks ago I decided to take down all of my “deal” posts that were about deals that had already expired. Today I decided it was better to instead mark those posts as “[Expired]” and keep them on the site so that everyone can continue to read comments and information about past deals, even after they expire. It turns out that when I brought those posts back, the system that sends out email notifications to subscribers treated them as new posts and sent out a new notification for each post. Again, I’m so sorry for inadvertently flooding your inbox. Even though it won’t happen again, I wouldn’t blame you for unsubscribing from my site’s notifications, which you can do through the link at the bottom of any notification email.

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Small software update rolling out to some Amazon Fire TV devices

A new software update is currently rolling out to some Amazon Fire TV devices. The update carries the same version number as the previous software version, but the build number has increased from 587444320 to 587444820. I’ve only heard of the 1st-gen Fire TV box receiving this update, but I do not know if other devices will also receive it. Read more ›

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Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 is essentially a Fire TV 2 in tablet form

Amazon’s new flagship tablet for 2017, the Fire HD 10, was released a few days ago. Like many, I had been patiently waiting for Amazon to finally release a tablet with a 1080p screen again, so when they announced that the all-new Fire HD 10 had a 1920×1200 IPS screen I put in my order and picked one up. While putting it through its paces this week, it dawned on me that, up until now, I overlooked something obvious about this tablet. The new Fire HD 10 shares the exact same internals as the 2nd generation Fire TV. Here’s a comparison of the two device’s specs and benchmark scores. Read more ›

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New Apps for the Week of October 8th thru the 14th

This week there were 26 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Two popular games on mobile platforms have made their way to the Fire TV. LEGO DC Mighty Micros is a racing game with over 10 million downloads on mobile devices, and Jungle Adventures 2 is a side-scrolling platformer game with over 5 million downloads on mobile devices. Both are free to play and worth checking out if you’re looking for a new game to try. By far the biggest app released this week is Movies Anywhere. You can read my article about it, but it essentially lets you link up your Google Play, Apple iTunes, and VUDU account with your Amazon account so most movies you purchase from any platform are available on the Fire TV. Lastly, to get your home ready for Halloween, check out the app They’re Here, which turns your TV into a haunted static display with creepy hands. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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